Joe Girardi was only able to spend a relatively short amount of time with Bryce Harper prior to the MLB season being postponed, but the new Philadelphia Phillies manager was beyond impressed with what he saw. In fact, Harper’s level of effort even made Girardi a bit uneasy at times.
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli this week, Girardi gushed about how Harper is “such a good person.” The manager then spoke about Harper’s work ethic and said the outfielder went so hard during one spring training game that Girardi wanted to dial him back.
“I was so impressed by him in spring training and his work ethic and how hard he plays,” Girardi said, per Destiny Lugardo of Phillies Nation. “I actually got nervous one day because he got a hit. He stole second. He stole third and I looked at Dusty Wathan, [the Phillies] third base coach, and said ‘tell him he can’t steal home. That’s enough.’”
Harper had eight hits in 16 Grapefruit League at-bats, so he looked like he had a chance to get off to a hot start to the season before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it remains uncertain if there will even be baseball in 2020.
One of the reasons Harper has battled so many injuries throughout his career is because he has never been afraid to lay his body on the line. Any manager would want a player like that, and Girardi is now getting to see it first-hand.
The New York Mets surprised some people by passing on an experienced candidate for manager in Joe Girardi and hiring a rookie manager in Carlos Beltran.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke a bit on the subject Monday at a news conference introducing Beltran as the team’s new manager. Van Wagenen suggested that Girardi was less open to a collaborative process and that he wasn’t a huge fan of the environment that Girardi might bring.
Looking for why Girardi is not #Mets manager? Van Wagenen mentioned being able to “exhale” when go into mgr office rather than “inhale” in weariness. Said of Beltran that he has “appetite to collaborate.” Became clear in process that BVW did not feel connection with Girardi.
Girardi is a World Series winner who navigated the gauntlet at Yankee manager for nearly a decade. It was suggested after his departure, however, that he had issues communicating with his players. The comment about collaboration is also telling, as Girardi is experienced enough to have his own opinions about how to manage and operate a clubhouse. Those apparently didn’t go with what the Mets were looking for.
Girardi was long considered a front-runner for the Phillies job, but had also draw mild-to-moderate interest from both the aforementioned Cubs, as well as the New York Mets. He was also tasked with beating out veteran baseball minds, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker, for the job in Philly.
The 2006 NL Manager of the Year with the then-Florida Marlins, Girardi has a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience. Before bursting onto the scene as a top manager with the Marlins and later winning a World Series with the Yankees, Girardi spent 15 seasons as an MLB catcher, including seven years with Cubs over two different stints and four years with the Bronx Bombers.
Although the Phillies finished the 2019 season with a .500 record, they have an abundance of cash to spend in free agency and expectations are high entering 2020.
Joe Girardi interviewed with the Chicago Cubs for their manager job on Wednesday, and the process lasted eight hours, according to a report.
Cubs reporter Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times said on Thursday that Girardi’s interview went most of the day. He included a few photos in his tweet of Girardi with Cubs executives.
Joe Girardi finishes an eight-hour interview process with Cubs Wednesday. David Ross on deck for Thursday. Source says Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Yankees special asst Carlos Beltran also on Cubs candidate list. pic.twitter.com/OICQbEzwkq
Wittenmyer’s tweet said David Ross would interview Thursday and that Joe Espada and Carlos Beltran were other names on the Cubs’ list. Wittenmyer reported late on Thursday that Ross’ interview went half as long as was characterized by Ross as “good”.
Girardi, 51, spent ten years managing the New York Yankees and managed them to one World Series win. He managed the Florida Marlins in 2006 and was fired after the season despite being named Manager of the Year. He currently serves as an analyst for FOX and also is receiving heavy interest from the Mets. He began his playing career with the Cubs.
Ross, 42, played two seasons for the Cubs (2015-2016) and helped them win the World Series. He works as an analyst for ESPN.
The Cubs have also interviewed bench coach Mark Loretta and first base coach Will Venable, according to Gonzalez.
Of the four, Girardi is the only one with previous pro baseball managerial experience.
The New York Mets and Joe Girardi appear to have mutual interest.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Girardi, who is also lined up to interview with the Chicago Cubs, is “keenly interested” in the open job in New York. Heyman hints that he may be more likely to get the Mets’ job, given the Cubs’ preference to stay in-house.
Joe Girardi, who has Cubs interview coming up, is said keenly interested in Mets as well. Both big market teams bring chance to win and he has roots in both cities. One thing: Cubs appear likely to stay in-house, Mets wide open. Also, clamoring for Joe G among Mets fans.
The good news for Girardi is that the Mets seem to be just as interested. It would make sense for both parties, too. Girardi spent ten years managing the New York Yankees, with all the expectation and attention that comes with managing in the city. The Mets have talent, and Girardi would likely grant them a credibility boost as well.
The New York Mets announced on Thursday that they have fired Mickey Callaway following his two seasons as the team’s manager, and it sounds like they want to bring in a flashy name to replace him.
Joe Girardi is high on the Mets’ list of managerial candidates, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. They are also interested in Joe Maddon, but the belief is that Maddon will want to remain closer to his roots in California with both the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres also looking for new managers.
The #Mets now expected to hire manager with experience to replace Callaway and Joe Girardi high on their list. They will also call Joe Maddon, but his preference is Southern California with #Angels or #Padres
Girardi has not managed the last two seasons after he was fired by the New York Yankees in 2017. He won a World Series with the team in 2009 and has a record of 988-794 between his time with the Yankees and lone season as manager of the Marlins. Girardi’s playoff record is 28-24.
Callaway was a first-time manager when the Mets hired him, so it makes sense that they would want to replace him with an experienced candidate. Girardi confirmed this week that he wants to manage again and would consider all possibilities, and he hinted during the 2019 season that the Mets job might interest him.